Mac TV tuner cards

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by yippy, Sep 6, 2004.

  1. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    I was wondering if anyone knows of any cheap Mac TV tuner cards that I can use with my PowerBook.

    I am a college student with limited funds and no room for a TV in the dorm but I would like to be able to watch TV every once in a while in the dorm room. If it matters the signal comes from a standard cable coax connection.

  2. kyeblue macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2003
    Long Island, New York
    Check eyeTV, an external(USB) box that makes your mac a TV/DVR.
  3. Porsche macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2003
    Connecticut, USA
    I second this recommendation. EyeTV works flawlessly.

    You can find the official website here.
  4. kevinuaa macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2004
    can you hook up a vcr or game consule through eyetv? are there any solutions for this?
  5. DJ-SPIN macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2004
    anyone have any experience with Eye TV? is it worth the money?
  6. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    does the eyeTV work well with just USB1 speed? i have a rev. A 12" PB that only comes with USB1 and wanted a real-life feedback before deciding to buy it or not. (i'd think it goes, standard TV doesn't require a big bandwidth.)
  7. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    VCR - Yes
    Game Console - No

    I dont know from experience, but ive read/heard that theres a 2-3 second delay in the signal, so this would make it less than ideal for playing games... ie: you move your character and 2 seconds later he moves on screen.
  8. ebook macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2004
    Sprint Car Capital of the World
    Any first had experience for this? I've been thinking about ditching the TV, we don't watch much, and just using the new 20" iMac. Then, if I wanted to watch a movie in the living room, I'd just pick it up and take it in there. But, I do like to play a video game every now and then, so I was also wondering how it would work with games.
  9. timsq macrumors regular


    Feb 27, 2004
    New Orleans
    Mac TVR tuner

    It's very cool and works like a TVR Tivo(ish). I have it hooked to an antenna for broadcast and I've run it through cableTV. Pretty simple and programmable. It's a bit steep ($$$) but also the best solution I've found.
  10. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    The EyeTV 200 uses FireWire to connect to your Mac. There's also the Formac Studio TVR, which has a TV tuner, and composite inputs so you can attach a game system or whatever else you want. compare them! Okay, that page is a little inaccurate about the EyeTV, but it's spot-on with the Formac's specs.

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